Pregnant Panda

August 9, 2013 by  

Pregnant Panda, Edinburgh Zoo has said there are “strong indications” that its female giant panda is pregnant.

Tian Tian’s hormone and protein levels, along with changes in her behaviour, suggest she may be expecting a cub, after artificial insemination in April.

Keepers will not know for sure until just before the panda gives birth, which could happen within a month.

A baby giant panda has never been born in the UK, but the zoo’s Iain Valentine said: “Things are looking good.”

Tian Tian and the zoo’s male, Yang Guang, are the UK’s only pair of giant pandas.

“It’s hugely exciting. There’s never been a baby panda born in the UK”

” Iain Valentine Edinburgh Zoo
They arrived in Scotland two years ago and are being rented by Edinburgh Zoo from the Chinese government for a decade for an annual fee of about £600,000.

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